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Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship (applications due by 1 October)—open to anyone (with the exception of members of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies).

In the summer of 2010 the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee announced the establishment of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship for IGHR. The scholarship is named for and in honor of Birdie Monk Holsclaw, who for many years attended IGHR and was also a frequent IGHR lecturer.

The scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, will be awarded annually and is open to anyone (with the exception of members of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies).

Applications are due on or before October 1 of each year and will be reviewed by the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee. The scholarship must be used during the IGHR for which the application is made. Please include the following in your application:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • The length of time you have been doing genealogy
  • The name of the IGHR course you plan to attend
  • In 500 words or less, a description of how participation in this course will benefit you.
  • In 250 words or less, tell us about yourself
  • A letter of recommendation from another genealogist

The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by e-mail no later than December 10.

Please send your application to:

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee
c/o Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
P.O. Box 40270
Denver, CO 80204-0270

 

2018 Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship Recipients

Jim ThornhillCongratulations to Jim Thornhill winner of a 2018 Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Scholarship. He will be taking Course Six – Trans-Mississippi South with J. Mark Lowe in June. Jim has been researching his family’s history for 15 years, three of those as a professional genealogist. He is chief researcher for Heroes of the Past, a company that seeks to delight clients, provide context in our ancestor’s lives, and show how we all have Heroes in our Pasts. Jim is a graduate of the ProGen professional genealogy course, the Genealogy Proof course, and has been awarded the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship to IGHR in Athens Georgia. Jim is an active member in the Association for Professional Genealogists, the Texas State Genealogical Society, the Dallas Genealogical Society, where he serves as IT Administrator, and the Rockwall County Genealogical Society, where he serves a Vice President in Charge of Programming. Jim is a native Texan who has been living in the Dallas area his entire life, and has roots in pre-civil war Texas and Mississippi.

 

Dina CarsonCongratulations to Dina Carson winner of a 2018 Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Six – Trans-Mississippi South with J. Mark Lowe in June. Dina has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company and is a partner in Imagination Technology, a graphic design and marketing firm working with small business clients. Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist's Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. In early 2018, Dina was the coordinator and primary instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's course, Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age. Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she's not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.

Previous Recipients

2017 -- Meryl Schumacker, Denise Cross

2016 -- Nancy Remling, Janet Kilgore Taylor

2015 -- Shelley K. Bishop, Laura G. Prescott

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